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Children's LiteratureSlim has always wanted to be a cowboy. He is so excited to finally be able to live out his dreams at the WJ Ranch that he commits it all to paper in beautiful poetry meant only for him (and the cows and horses who stop to listen as he recites under the night sky). When the cowboys find a stack of Slim's poems under his bedroll they insist he's not a real cowboy, and make him ride alone at the back of the herd during the next roundup. Slim is bound and determined to show the others that he is a real cowboy, but his attempts to ride, rope, and whip the herd into shape result in failure. Dejected, he heads for home, riding away from the herd and his dream. A sudden thunderstorm spooks the herd. They stampede toward Deadman's Canyon. In no time at all, they catch up with Slim, sweeping him along with them. Slim hangs on tight and begins reciting his poetry. The spooked cattle begin to calm down; he recites louder, and he is able to stop the herd at the edge of the cliff. With text filled with cowboy jargon, and watercolor and pencil drawings of the western desert landscape, this fun story will be a hit with would-be cowboys everywhere. An author's note about real cowboy poets and explanations of the cowboy slang follows the story. 2006, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 8.